Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN)

Addressing preventable disease burden to improve health outcomes for people with schizophrenia and related psychoses

Project Main Description

People with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders are more likely to experience additional health problems and are more likely to die at a younger age than people without mental health problems. Most of the causes of early death in people with psychotic disorders are preventable, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes. This study will use linked data from a large sample of people with schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders in NSW to understand what physical health problems people with these mental illnesses have, how they access health services for these conditions, other complicating factors (e.g. contact with the criminal justice system) and how these may relate to negative outcomes including avoidable deaths. We will compare our findings to the NSW general population and to people with other types of mental illness in NSW to discover the specific health vulnerabilities and treatment gaps. This will inform the development of specific strategies that will allow health services to better meet the needs of people with psychotic disorders.


Project Team

Prof Julian Trollor, Dr Rachael Cvejic, A/Prof Phil Ward, Dr Preeyaporn Srasuebkul, Dr Simone Reppermund, Dr Jackie Curtis, Prof Katherine Samaras (St Vincent’s Hospital), Dr Julia Lappin, A/Prof Kimberlie Dean


Where the project is at

This project has just commenced and will continue through 2019


Future deliverables

Specific outcomes of this pilot project will include: pilot data to be included in funding applications to support project expansion; manuscripts targeting the scientific community; plain English summaries for people with psychotic disorders, their carers and families; summaries for health professionals and services.

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